Public health officials in CT are confirming the state's fourth case of measles this year.
"We are monitoring and investigating this case very closely, including working with our local health departments and medical providers to follow up with any individuals that may have been exposed to measles", said Connecticut DPH Commissioner Renée D. Coleman-Mitchell.
The Minister of Health recognized the support from partners- "I would like to extend my honest appreciation to GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance; WHO, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Lions Club, Uganda Medical Association and Uganda Pediatric Association for their guidance and support".
"The ministry of health implemented the vaccination exercise in order to interrupt the measles and rubella outbreaks in which over 300,000 cases were reported, 46,000 patients and 587 deaths were recorded", said Aceng.More news: Trump takes swipe at Apple for ditching iPhone home button
The ministry also asked all schools that did not carry out the mass immunisation exercise to liaise with the District Health Officers (DHOs) to vaccinate school children within the next two weeks at the health facilities.
A child in Fairfield County came down with the illness in early October and is recovering.
Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff of Norwalk released a statement in response to the news.
"My thoughts are with the child and the family from Fairfield County, right in our own backyard, during this hard time", he said.More news: Red Sox put Chaim Bloom in charge of baseball operations
The WHO Representative in Uganda, Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam was also present at the press conference and congratulated the Ministry of Health for a successful vaccination campaign noting that vaccination is one of the most effective ways to prevent diseases. Overall, Connecticut has high vaccination rates, so we are at low risk for a widespread measles outbreak.
A typical case of measles begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and sore throat. The county has 204 private and public schools that enrolled more than 11,000 kindergartners during the last school year.
Three to five days after the start of these symptoms, a red or reddish-brown rash appears, usually starting on a person's face at the hairline and spreading downward to the entire body, officials said.
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